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Bradley University is a private institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,955, its setting is city, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bradley University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 6. Its tuition and fees are $28,264 (2012-13).
Bradley University is located in Peoria, Ill., in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood. At Bradley, undergraduate students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate programs within five colleges. The university helps students make the most of those degrees through academic services such as the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, which advises students who want to start a business, and the Smith Career Center, which helps students with résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Graduate students have many options as well, with around 40 programs available, some within the Foster College of Business Administration. Outside of the classroom, 30 percent of Bradley students participate in Greek life, with others instead choosing club or intramural sports, volunteer groups, or one of the other 250 campus organizations. Student athletes can choose from nearly 15 Bradley Braves varsity sports teams, which play in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Notable Bradley alumni include Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
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Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students a world-class education linking academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit in more than 100 academic programs. In addition to liberal arts and sciences, academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, and health sciences. Unique programs include entrepreneurship, hospitality leadership, interactive media, sports communication and physical therapy.
Located less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, the residential campus is located in a historic neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria; the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois.
Bradley students develop leadership skills in more than 240 student organizations with more than 60 dedicated to student leadership and community service. Some of the most active students participate in the 39 time national champion speech team, fraternities and sororities, NCAA Division I sports, and more than a dozen diverse religious organizations.
On average of 92 percent of our graduates seeking a job or admission to graduate school have been placed within six months of graduation into a career or graduate school.
Bradley University links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.
Academic Excellence: Bradley's rich and diverse curriculum, quality professors and personalized attention prepares students for graduate and professional studies and a wide range of careers.
Experiential Learning: Opportunities for experiential learning abound in and out of the classroom at Bradley and include research, internships, practicums, consulting, cultural immersion and service-learning.
Leadership Development: Students develop strong leadership skills at Bradley that prepare them for success in their careers and as contributing members of society.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Bradley University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Bradley University is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||70.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Bradley University is 12:1, and the school has 55.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bradley University include: Communication, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Mechanical Engineering; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.0 percent.
Bradley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,955, with a gender distribution of 46.5 percent male students and 53.5 percent female students. At this school, 66.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34.0 percent of students live off campus. Bradley University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Bradley University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bradley University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bradley University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bradley University.
|Students who have cars on campus||45%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Bradley University, 74.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,086.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$28,264 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,700 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data